The absolutely most amazing, or at least with the most humour, ‘stop motion by replacement’ artist is PES. I guess you already knew him but if you did not, I invite you to check out his work.
A technically refined example op stop-motion by replacement: Paul Bush. This is a really fine movie by him.
When talking about what I want to do with some archival images, for example in the articles below, I always mention the classic animation technique of ‘stop motion by replacement’. Here is an example of a very well-done use of the technique. Also with archival images: of the Apollo mission to the moon.